should have stayed there!
What would you do if you woke up to this …..
again ….. on the day you’re going to see two Spanish literary superstars?
Would you a) go back to bed (I was sorely tempted) or b) inject some virtual sunshine into the day by i) visiting the Discovery of Spain art exhibition at the national gallery, ii) eating in a tapas bar, iii) reading the aptly titled Mendoza novella The Year of the Flood, iv) before attending the EIBF event featuring both Eduardo Mendoza and Carmen Posadas, both of whom have been recent revelatory discoveries on this blog. No contest really.
The paintings were masterful though it has to be said that Goya’s harsh realities of the Napoleonic wars are shudderingly horrific. The food was utterly delicious! The novella in which a nun is overwhelmed with emotional responses of diluvian proportions, is comic though not laugh out loud funny in the same way as No Word from Gurb or The Mystery of the Enchanted Crypt. More literary too – the text is dense with many metaphoric images and layers. A 1/2 read. Would have been but for a slight loss of pace in the final section. The event was a sellout. Both Mendoza and Posadas, after apologising for their “lousy” accents, read from their own works and required no translators.
At the signing Mendoza told me that he considered A Light Comedy to be the best of his books and that, if I am going to Barcelona (which I am considering doing next year), I should take City of Marvels with me. Carmen Posadas was delighted when I presented all three of her novels for signature. (In typical Lizzy fashion I bought her full catalogue after loving Child’s Play earlier this year.) She was so happy that she wrote me extra special messages on each of the books. Look ….
I haven’t told you much about the event itself, have I? Some tales need a maestro and Eduardo Mendoza will be doing that this evening in a “My Event” special. Two posts in one day? It is the year of the flood, after all!